Where should you start your career? In focus: Manchester
Manchester is the capital of the North. Granted a Liverpudlian may disagree, but they would have a lot to argue against.
Its evening and nightlife make it the perfect place for the new graduate who is not quite ready to forget student living, while it's Northern prices make it the perfect place for a young professional living on a budget.
Manchester's economy is second only to London and is at the centre of the current government's drive to create a 'Northern Powerhouse'. So, naturally, the city is brimming with opportunities.
The ultra modern Media City sits next to Salford Quays and houses the BBC and ITV studios. This means that there are ample opportunities for graduates of journalism and media degrees who are looking to kick-start a career in that lucrative creative sector.
Manchester’s financial centre houses giants such Co-op and William and Glynn, making it the place to be for graduates going into the banking sector who do not want to be consumed by the London’s chaotic working life.
Further to this, there are fantastic legal opportunities at massive firms such as Clyde & Co and Eversheds as well as at the many more regional firms that do their business in the Greater Manchester area.
Top Tip: The beer garden at Sinclair’s Oyster Bar, which sits in front of the cathedral, is the place to see in the sunset after a hard days work.
'Media City' is the place for journalism graduates
For around £350-400 pcm you can get a spacious double room in a two bedroom flat with the city centre literally on your doorstep.
If you are looking for somewhere a little quieter and possibly cheaper you could go for a place in the adjacent city of Salford which boasts the beautiful Quays, the Lowry Theatre and, of course, Media City.
Dining and Entertainment
If it's quirky and independent establishments you want then get yourself over to the Northern Quarter. Coffee shops, bars and specialist stores line the streets providing the perfect area to explore and discover new things.
A classier evening may be had drinking and eating in the fine establishments that populate the modern areas of Deansgate and Spinningfields. If you fancy a play then you can try the magnificent Royal Exchange Theatre or if you prefer a musical head down to the Palace on busy Oxford Road.
Price of a pint: Anyone who has ever lived in the South will be able to experience the novelty of buying a round with a £10 note, as a pint is only likely to set you back around £3 in Manchester.
If you're the sort of graduate who likes to carry on the student party you will be spoilt for choice with house nights in dilapidated basements, a taste of Ibiza in the legendary Sankeys and plenty of independent venues with live music to keep you singing until the early hours.
Head to Sankeys for a taste of Ibiza. Source thisispauloh Instagram